Which Howie's Merino Base Layer

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by doyler78, 16 Dec 2007.

  1. doyler78

    doyler78 Well-Known Member

    Co Down, Ireland
    Which on the of these should I get for keeping me warm during the colder mornings. Don't cycle if there's black frost warning on the morning news so it will not be really, really cold, really anything just above freezing.

    At min I wear two base layers (helly hansen and some other) then a fleece lined cycling jumper type thing (Gill). Keeps me warm but the base layer stinks as I sweat like a pig (I do that anyway regardless of how much or little I wear) so I have been told that the merino wool base layers don't stink so I will get this as a Christmas Pressie. Anyways not sure which would be more appropriate.

    This one:

    or this one:


    Not sure if the first would be too heavy or conversely would the second be too light in colder weather. My own instincts are telling me to get the first however not having much experience of cycling in the cold and definitely having never worn merino wool before not really sure.

    Any advice appreciated.
  2. andygates

    andygates New Member

    I'd get the light unless you're a skinny get who feels the cold.
  3. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Something like one of those old-fashioned string vests should be sufficient for both warmth as thr first base layer next to your skin, and for the wicking properties, assuming that the next layer was suitable.
    Otherwise check this site out:


    and with the NZ dollar at .38p, or .53 cents, the prices are very reasonable.
  4. mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    I have the first one on your list it is not thick at all great piece of winter kit, fits like a glove. Its versatile as well wear it under a short sleeved jersey autumn and spring. Had mine 3 years and after a lot of use has just developed a small hole in the shoulder it will probably last another 2 winters so really is value for your pennies.
  5. OP

    doyler78 Well-Known Member

    Co Down, Ireland
    Sold mondobongo. That's what I was looking for, someone who had used one and could advise re: how thick they really were. I had guessed there probably wasn't a huge difference in the 2 given the small difference in price. I think I will go for the thicker as you recommend as I am not particularly heavy and don't like the cold. Would rather roast as my journey isn't that long that it matters overly if I get a bit warm.

    String vest - I think Rab C Nesbitt - I think reputation lost forever. Just couldn't bring myself to wear one even if it got the greatest reviews ever - lol.
  6. Star_Rover

    Star_Rover New Member

    Definitely the first one. The second is really quite thin.
    You could always go for both. Merino works really well when layered together.
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